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History - 2002 - 2003

Lotus (Apr 2002)
The Hemmes family returned to the site they previously operated in Challis Avenue, Potts Point. One of the jewels of Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Lotus is a sophisticated, award-winning bistro and cocktail bar with a reputation for outstanding service. Lotus is popular with discerning locals and visitors alike. The bistro offers ambient lighting and unique finishing in a chic atmosphere of warmth and simplicity. Bettina Hemmes, the interior creative mind behind many of Merivale’s bars, has made a unique space that is also funky and warm.


The Grand Hotel (Nov 2002)
In 2002, the Hemmes family took back the management of this three story traditional style hotel with its old world style, unique character and everyday charm. There are three floors of bars, including a bistro and lounge area on the first floor, a pool and function room with juke box on the second floor, a ground floor bar and bottle shop. The Grand bistro menu offers hearty pub meals for those who enjoy traditional fare.


Jam Music (Nov 2002)
Obsessed with exceptional quality entertainment, Justin Hemmes combined his enormous love of music and entertainment to launch a new Australian music company, aptly called Jam Music, which subsequently has reached international success. Jam Music, has seen tremendous growth since its inception and has four different business activities. These are the world renowned Good vibrations festivals, touring and events, recording label and nightclub promotions. Jam Music has now also moved into publishing and royalties.


The Wynyard Hotel (Mar 2003)
In 2003 the Hemmes family took back the management of this hotel and it still maintains its old world feel despite modern room amenities. It has 13 accommodation rooms with shared facilities and a traditional bar and bistro. Wynyard Hotel accommodation is targeted towards the budget conscious looking for a central city location.